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YouTube’s star-studded pomp and circumstance will be streaming 24 hours later than originally scheduled. The video giant’s “Dear Class of 2020” — a four-plus-hour commencement event bringing together more than 70 celebrities, influencers, music artists including BTS and Beyoncé, and leaders including President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama — will now kick off on Sunday,
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Nick Offerman of “Parks and Recreation” fame is lending his voice to CuriosityStream’s newest original — taking viewers through every doorway and around each corner of human habitats. Three-part docuseries “The History of Home,” narrated by Offerman, premieres June 18 exclusively on the CuriosityStream subscription streaming service. The company, dedicated to nonfiction programming, is headed
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Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, donated $3 million to Know Your Rights Camp, an organization established by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick dedicated to empowering people of color. Dorsey said he gave “$3mm to Colin @Kaepernick7’s @yourrightscamp to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization to
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Quibi is making a belt-tightening move, two months after Jeffrey Katzenberg’s ambitious mobile-video subscription startup launched — to disappointing initial numbers. However, the company, which has banked about $1.75 billion in funding, denied reports that Quibi is considering layoffs. “We are not laying off staff as a part of cost-saving measures,” Katzenberg and Meg Whitman,
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Google illegally tracked millions of people in the U.S. using its Chrome browsers despite their enabling the software’s “Incognito mode” for private browsing, a new lawsuit charges. The lawsuit, filed June 2, alleges Google engaged in “unlawful and intentional interception and collection of individuals’ confidential communications without their consent, even when those individuals expressly follow
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In an anti-racist move that demonstrates their formidable social-media power, K-Pop fans took over the hashtag #whitelivesmatter, drowning out white-supremacist messages with nonsensical or anti-racist posts. The move was met with wide approval online early Wednesday morning. “#WhiteLivesMatter LMAO I WAS READY TO INSULT THE SH– OUT OF EVERYONE,” one poster wrote. “THEN I SAW
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President Donald Trump’s executive order aiming to strip social-media companies’ protection from legal liability for speech on their platforms is unconstitutional, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by a nonprofit technology policy group. The D.C.-based Center for Democracy & Technology filed a federal lawsuit naming Trump as a defendant “in his official capacity as President
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Twitter has a new chairman: Patrick Pichette, who most recently was Google’s chief financial officer. Omid Kordestani — another ex-Google exec — stepped down as Twitter’s executive chairman, effective June 1, and will remain on the board as a non-employee director. Pichette has served as the company’s lead independent director since Dec. 31, 2018. Pichette’s
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TikTok said a “technical glitch” last week made it temporarily appear as if videos using #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloyd hashtags had zero views — and the short-form video company vowed to do better in representing and supporting black creators. Many TikTok users assumed the issue was an intentional act of censorship by the company, which is
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A number of Facebook employees, protesting the social giant’s failure to take action against Donald Trump’s posts suggesting that the U.S. government would fire at rioting crowds, walked off the job Monday — in virtual fashion, given that most staffers are still working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several hundred of the company’s employees staged
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Google, Twitter and Instagram are free, which means there is no excuse to stay silent, uneducated, and uninformed in 2020. Diversifying your feed, and point of view, is as easy as tapping a button. To highlight profiles that are doing good work, Variety consulted with media and industry experts Akilah Hughes, Ashley Reese, Peyton Dix,
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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is set to make history today as the first private spacecraft to launch astronauts into Earth’s orbit. If today’s launch is successful, it will also mark the first time that NASA has sent humans into space since the final flight of NASA’s Space Shuttle in 2011. Although the mission was first attempted
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he “struggled” with how to respond to President Donald Trump’s posts — on both Facebook and Instagram — suggesting the government would fire upon rioting crowds. Ultimately, while Trump’s posts included a “troubling historical reference” and Zuckerberg said he “disagree[s] strongly with how the President spoke about this,” Facebook decided
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